Frank James Memorial Hospital, East Cowes. Picture by Robin Crossley.
MORE than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Isle of Wight Council to serve a statutory repairs notice on the owners of the former Frank James Memorial Hospital.
The Friends of Frank James, an East Cowes-based community organisation committed to saving the building, hoped to collect 1,000 signatures in 100 days but smashed their target in around a week.
Friend of Frank James Tanja Rebel said: "The online petition now has 918 signatures. Moreover, East Cowes Heritage Centre has many full lists of names, so we will easily have exceeded 1,000 by now.
"Many shops and cafes in the town have petitions on their counters.
"When we went around to ask if they wanted to take a list not one of them declined.
"They were all eager to help, which show the level of interest this building has generated."
She added: "The friends will continue with the petition as long as the signatures keep coming in order to show the Isle of Wight Council the plight of this beautiful building is of deep concern to many people."
The Grade II Listed building has remained empty and abandoned since being sold by the NHS to developers in 2002.
Urgent work was first said to be required several years ago.